Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Annual Notification
FERPA affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights include the following:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate interests (administrator, instructor, support personnel, law enforcement personnel, or others with legitimate interests). A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities.
- The right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is as follows: Family Policy Compliance Office. US Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.